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Developer pledges $2-million towards Art Gallery of Greater Victoria expansion

Artist's rendering of the planned expansion of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. A $2-million pledge from the Chairman of Polygon Homes has brought the $24-million project closer to reality.  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Developer pledges $2-million towards Art Gallery of Greater Victoria expansion
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is $2-milion closer to realizing its goal of a new art gallery thanks to a pledge by the Audain Foundation, headed by the chairman of the Polygon Homes real-estate development empire, Michael Audain.

“We are extremely grateful to the Foundation and Mr. Audain for their support. This inspiring gift will help ensure that
British Columbia’s capital city will have the astonishing new home for art that it deserves," said Ruth Wittenburg, Board Chair of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
 
Audain, with ties to Victoria, said the capital region deserves an art gallery worthy of its extensive art collection and its status as the provincial capital.
 
“For many years, I considered Victoria my home town as it is where my family has deep roots. While it was an idyllic place growing up, it sadly lacked a public art gallery. I believe it is essential that the capital of our great province, which has so many distinguished artists, should have a significant public art gallery.”

The $24-million redevelopment of the art gallery's Moss Street facility is contingent on $14-million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The federal government has already earmarked $7-million towards the projects, however, the monies are tied a matching commitment from the province.

Municipal approvals for the project were received in 2015 following a lenthy planning and design process. Pending a successful fundraising campaign, construction of the new gallery could get underway by 2018. C

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